Records: Number of women getting concealed gun licenses up

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Records show an increase in the number of women getting a license to carry a concealed handgun.

The Detroit News, citing records from Michigan State Police, reports that the number of women statewide who received or renewed concealed pistol licenses rose from 10,862 in 2010 to 25,418 last year, an increase of 134 percent.

The number for men also rose during that period. Women made up less than a quarter of the state's new concealed pistol license holders last year.

The number of newly issued licenses dipped, however, from 2013 to 2014.

Statewide, numbers from the Michigan State Police say 114,872 people obtained or renewed concealed pistol licenses in 2014. Michigan has about 457,550 active concealed pistol license holders, according to the state police, up from 401,000 in 2011.

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